Brandon Rush Bass


This is going to be a semi-hollow 6 string 32 inch scale bass for Warner Bros. recording artist, Brandon Rush, of the band Priory.  Brandon requested that we use Tempered Swamp ash for the entire body, and Tempered Maple for the neck, fretboard, and pickup covers.  The body will be a matte black showing all of the grain lines, and the neck will be just waxed.  The electronics at this point are slated to be Nordstrand Zen blades inside wooden covers.  The spacing is 16.5mm bridge and just 2 inches at the nut.  Will sort be like a classical guitar at the nut.  Brandon intends to try several different tunings and may use this bass sort of like a baritone.   The bottom will be E on most of his tunings.

Drake Model 10 production

Here is a step by step process of how I build the Model 10 basses.  Pictures will have tags explaining what is happening in each step.  So click on each picture to see it full sized and read the captions.  Start at the end and work back by hitting the “prev” marker in the captions.

Bill’s J 5 style bass

This bass will be for a great player named Bill S.  Bill needs a versatile 5 string bass that covers Blues and Funk music as well as Classic Rock.  We are going to make this bass modular meaning the neck pickup will be swap-able from  J5 to a P5 with just switching out the pickguards and plugging the leads into a buss box onboard.  Bill will be able to fulfill any gig with this bass.  Specs, Tempered QS Maple neck for stability.  Madagascar Rosewood fret board. 21 frets of narrow stainless steel wire, Aguilar Pups, Hipshot B style bridge, Hipshot Ultra-lite tuners (3/8 shafts), Tempered Alder body painted Surf Green.  Mint pickguard or off white.

Tom’s Hornet model bass

This bass is being built for a new customer named Tom.  Tom called to ask if I could build him a two horn version of the Cricket bass I build.  As luck would have it, I have such a model.  We went with 32 inch scale with 24 frets, cut into a nice dark piece of Ebony.  The neck is quartered tempered Maple with amazing curly figure.  I used Purpleheart as a stringer down the center.  We plan for Ebony peghead facings front and back.  The body is a chambered Swamp Ash wood with a beautiful figured Western Maple that has been tempered as well.  TV Jones is making special Thunderblade pups for this bass, as they will have gold plated curved magnet blades.  All hardware will be Hipshot brand with a combo black/gold accented finish.  Simple wiring and tons of tone.  One of my all time favorite models to build.

Warwick replacement neck project

This is a project to replace the original neck on this Warwick bass.  The original neck has a truss issue and the customer wanted a slim neck carve anyway, so we decided to make a new one out of Tempered woods.  We selected Tempered (quartered) Maple for the neck bulk, and some Dark Tempered Maple (double tempered) for the fret board.  I copied all of the peghead and width specs but laminated the back of the neck rather than a large volute.  I used EVO gold fret wire rather than brass, and put the original tuners and nut onto the new neck.  We are going to finish the neck with just a beeswax and orange oil mixture, topped with Zymol bridge wax.  Leaves the neck feeling smooth and tack free.  Easy to maintain as well.